Monday, June 3, 2013
Gameboard of the Gods by Richelle Mead
In a futuristic world nearly destroyed by religious extremists, Justin March lives in exile after failing in his job as an investigator of religious groups and supernatural claims. But Justin is given a second chance when Mae Koskinen comes to bring him back to the Republic of United North America (RUNA). Raised in an aristocratic caste, Mae is now a member of the military’s most elite and terrifying tier, a soldier with enhanced reflexes and skills.
When Justin and Mae are assigned to work together to solve a string of ritualistic murders, they soon realize that their discoveries have exposed them to terrible danger. As their investigation races forward, unknown enemies and powers greater than they can imagine are gathering in the shadows, ready to reclaim the world in which humans are merely game pieces on their board.
Gameboard of the Gods, the first installment of Richelle Mead’s Age of Xseries, will have all the elements that have made her YA Vampire Academy and Bloodlines series such megasuccesses: sexy, irresistible characters; romantic and mythological intrigue; and relentless action and suspense.
I must admit when starting Gameboard of the Gods, I was a little nervous. I didn't know whether I was going to like it or not. Richelle Mead is one of my favorite authors. However, I had never read any of her adult novels. I have only read the Vampire Academy series and Bloodlines series, which I am addicted to. When I heard Gameboard of the Gods was a dystopian, I decided to give it a try. I’m glad I did. The plot got a little boring in the middle when the characters had to go through a few technicalities. Otherwise, the book kept me intrigued most of the way through. The characters were three dimensional. I became intrigued in all the aspects of their lives, especially their back story. In particular I really love Mae and Tessa. Mae’s back story was fascinating. I love how intelligent Tessa is. Even though Justin and Mae left her out of the investigation, Tessa figured out what was happening. She was even able to help them out. The plot was easy to follow yet intricate at the same time. The world Richelle Mead created was fascinating. The government limiting religions is something I can see happening in the distant future. I can’t wait to read the next book in the series and see what Justin and Mae do with the information they have acquired.
I give Gameboard of the Gods: 4/5.
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I received this ARC from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated in any way for this review.